Using a Permaculture Design Process to Carve Your Niche

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The GOBRADIME design process, revisited

I first wrote about GOBRADIME in in the early 2000’s, when I was working on Food Not Lawns, How to Turn Your Yard into a Garden and Your Neighborhood into a Community, and have been using the process ever since. 


GOBRADIME helps you improve your skillset, obtain a yield, and increase your capacity for both personal and ecological sustainability.


If you’re unfamiliar with GOBRADIME, read this article as an intro.

A process for every project

Because it’s a design formula that can be used to organize any project, on every scale, I have found it useful for creating curricula. If the process resonates with you, or even if you’re just curious to learn more, check out these other courses.


In the Emotional Permaculture course, we learn about GOBRADIME on day 3 and use it to think through the design of our inner landscapes. 


In the Design Your Daily Practice 10-day Bliss Blitz, we spend a day on each step of GOBRADIME, and use it to create healthy habits in our daily lives.


In fact, GOBRADIME is the backbone of the Permaculture Design Studio that the Permaculture Women’s Guild certification course uses, to walk students step by step through the process. 


GOBRADIME works. It’s awesome. And yes, you guessed it:


You can use GOBRADIME to design a mutually-beneficial, surplus-sharing, income-producing plan, and that’s what today’s worksheet is all about!

GOBRADIME infographic by Heather Jo Flores

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